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Last Week to Purchase Tickets for the FSMA Workshop for Produce Growers in Pacific Grove, CA

Tickets for the CCOF Foundation food safety workshops in Pacific Grove, CA are going fast. While our workshop in English has sold out, there is still space left in our Spanish food safety workshop. Hosted on January 23 in conjunction with the 2019 EcoFarm Conference, the workshop meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers.

Learn How to Assess Crop Profitability for Farm Business Planning

Join the CCOF Foundation and Kitchen Table Advisors on October 29 for a webinar that dives into farm business planning from a crop profitability perspective. 
 
Build your crop plan with intention and an expectation to maximize your profits. This webinar will help you think about your crop mix’s ability to generate profit for your farm.

Learn How to Reduce Tillage and Reduce Time between Crop Sets on Large Acreage

Morales Conservation Tillage
Healthy soils are key to organic farming and reducing soil disturbance is a cornerstone to improving soil health. No-till methods have spread to vegetable production on some small farms, but how can larger acreage be farmed to minimize soil disturbance? 
 
A workshop on December 6 in Watsonville will highlight the conservation low-tillage methods and equipment developed by Israel Morales, voted Organic Farmer of the Year by the Organic Trade Association.

Let CCOF Help Certify Your Hemp

Hemp
In December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law after passage earlier in the month by Congress. The new laws contain many wins for organic, including funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Limited Number of Booths Left for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit

December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency Monterey
Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor for the Event

With only a few exhibitor booths left, The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event. 

Managing Farm Finances Like a Pro

Join the CCOF Foundation this spring for a series of webinars geared toward the financial side of farming.
 
In our first webinar, Financial Planning 101 on May 23, Brett Melone from California FarmLink will delve into the details of cash flow management, business structures, and risk management tools to assist farmers in cultivating a financially sound farm business.
 

Market Your Product or Service to More Than 4,000 Certified Organic Producers

CCOF 2020 advertising is now available for purchase, and there is still space for your ad!

Meet the CCOF Staff

My day starts with a bike ride along Santa Cruz's foggy coastline.
 
At the CCOF home office, Erica and Lucia say hello as I walk my bike into our open office space. I pass the policy and marketing teams who joke with one another as they prepare for their morning meetings. I smile at the office dogs who look up to see if I might give them a little attention.  
 
I put my bike away and note the pictures of smiling grantees from our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund.

National List Amended to Add Two Organic Crop Substances and Reclassify Magnesium Chloride

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Effective November 22, 2019, the NOP will add two substances to the National List and reclassify magnesium chloride.

New Certified Organic Survey Shows National Growth with California Leading the Way

New statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show that the total value of certified organic agricultural products sold in the United States increased from $5.5 billion in 2014 to $6.2 billion in 2015, a 13 percent increase. The number of certified organic farms and organic acreage also increased between 2014-2015.

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